It’s been a long wait and it may have taken a public criticism of Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne but the Scuderia have locked out the front row for the Russian Grand Prix for the first time since 2008 denying Mercedes their 100% record in Sochi.
Ferrari looked dominant in all three practice sessions and I had even ascribed Sochi’s cooler temperatures and smoother track surface as advantage Mercedes but the weekend wasn’t shaping in to that scenario.
Come qualifying, Mercedes did seem to turn the wick up and ran a strong Q2 session but it was Q3 that saw a resurgent Ferrari find the time with Kimi Raikkonen leading provisional pole on their first runs.
On the final runs of the session, Raikkonen ran wide on the final turn allowing teammate Sebastian Vettel to nip pole from him and lead a Ferrari 1, 2 locking out the front row for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas was third while Lewis Hamilton was adrift in fourth.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1.711s|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1.967s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||2.143s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||2.236s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.774s|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||2.754s|